Cycleway campaign creates map to show Belper potential

Ian Dent (second from front) and cycleway supporters hope to see the riverside path transformed.
Ian Dent (second from front) and cycleway supporters hope to see the riverside path transformed.

Campaigners who want to establish an off-road cycling route through Belper have produced a new map to highlight the need for the project.

They say ideally all routes on the map would be coloured blue. However, at the moment, none are, which indicates a lack of adequate facilities.

Ian Dent, a trustee for the Derwent Valley Trust and creator of the map, said: “The development of the Derwent Valley Cycleway along the west bank of the river would provide an excellent, safe route for all types of cyclists.”

The group are especially concerned about north-south journeys forced to use the A6, a road they say is unsuitable due to its narrowness and the volume of traffic - especially heavy lorries and buses.

Ian said: “The results for the A6 show the urgent need for an alternative, good quality route for cyclists separated from the motor traffic.”

The Derwent Valley Trust is a charity that previously created the Derwent Valley Heritage Way walking route.

The cycleway plan calls for a dedicated route created over 19.5 miles of the World Heritage Site between Derby and Matlock, link up with the National Cycle Network and branch into Duffield, Belper and Cromford.

It is estimated that the project would cost around £7million, and would require support from landowners and local authorities - many of whom have expressed initial support.

Ian and his colleagues will be exhibiting the map and answering questions as part of the Transition Belper Go Green Café event at No 28, Market Place, on Saturday, April 22, 10am to 1pm.

The event will have a cycling theme with mechanic Aidan Leheup offering bike maintenance tips alongside a plant sale and refreshments.

A cyclist's view of the A6, which cycleway campaigners say is too dangerous.

A cyclist's view of the A6, which cycleway campaigners say is too dangerous.

For more details, visit www.derwentvalleycycleway.org.uk.